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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 08-22-2011, 05:20 PM Thread Starter
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clicker training

Now, I have actually witnessed horses being clicker trained. My sister trained her horse with a clicker, but it didn't turn out very well. Are there any pros and cons to clicker training a GSD, or are there certifications which require the dog to be clicker trained instead of voice command or hand signal trained?
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Clicker training is simply a training method, you would still use voice commands and/or hand signals, it's not one or the other. The clicker is a marker, in lieu of a verbal marker such as "yes!", that tells the dog that what they did at that exact second was correct, and a reward of some kind will follow. Once the behavior is trained and generalized you no longer need to mark and reward each time he does it, but you will still need to tell your dog what you want him to do, which is where the verbal command/hand signal comes in.

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What happened with your sister clicker training her horse?

Debbie is right - it's a training method using a reward marker, not an alternative to commands. If you are interested in learning about clicker training, I higher recommend this website: Training Levels (originals) It not only explains the method in an easy to understand way but it outlines an entire training program from start to finish (which is a really advanced level of training). There is also a Yahoo Group for this plan I think it's called Levels Training, where you can get help and advice from others working through the program including the author.
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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 08-24-2011, 09:56 PM
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